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Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
Lake Muskoka is located between Port Carling and Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. The lake is surrounded by many cottages. The lake is primarily within the Township of Muskoka Lakes, with the southeast corner in the Town of Gravenhurst. The Town of Bala is located on the southwest shores of the lake, where the Moon River starts. Lake Muskoka is connected to Lake Rosseau through the Indian River and lock system at Port Carling. The lake is mainly fed by the Muskoka River, Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.HistoryNative peopleFirst mention of Muskoka in any records is in 1615 and the territory was occupied by Indians, mainly consisting of the Algonquin and Huron tribes. Early explorers to the region like Samuel De Champlain came to the area next followed by Missionaries. The name Muskoka is thought to come from the name of a Chippewa tribe chief named Mesqua Ukee which means "not easily turned back in the day of battle". Also known as Chief Yellowhead, it was Mesqua Ukee who signed the treaties made between the Indians and Province of Canada which sold about 250000acre of land in the area to the Province. He was so revered by the Ontario government that they built a home for him in Orillia where he lived until his death at age 95.
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  • We visited in late September which was after the "end of season" as they say here. We drove right round the lake from our base in Gravenhurst and stopped off in a couple of places along the way - Port...  read more »
  • Lucky enough to have had a boat ride on the lake recently. Beautiful properties and excellent fishing. 
  • Trail is easy and sign posted. Offers stunning views of the lake. If you going around summer watch out for bugs.. I did the Hardy Lake trail and would recommend it! 
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